London Journals

Five Days in London

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An August 2006 trip to London by marseilles

Tower Bridge Photo, More Photos
Quote: Five days in London, the last leg of our honeymoon!

Five Days in London

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Overview

Tower Bridge Photo,
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London is dense with history. Its self-consciousness as one of the oldest cities in the world is palpable, and each century that London has witnessed is like a layer that the traveler can peel back to reveal a previous age. The Westminster Abbey overwhelms, and the Tower of London is a delight.Yet London is also vibrant, and very alive. In its convoluted winding streets are hundreds of things to do and places to see for every kind of traveler and resident. Walking through SoHo, strolling along the Thames, looking for good eats in Chinatown, or even just people-watching in the Tube will remind you that this has always been, still is, and probably always will be a city on the go....Read More

Tower of London

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Attraction

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The Tower of London is 900 years old, and has, at various times, been a royal palace, a fortress, and a prison. We made it to the Tower in time for one of the Yeoman Warders' Tours. The yeoman warders are the official guards of the Tower of London: each of them has to have had at least 15 years (I think) of military service, and has to have shown loyalty to the queen, before one can be accepted as a warder. The warders, however, also act as tour guides to the castle, and what wonderful guides they are!The warder who led our tour gave us an hour-long orientation walk of the castle, punctuated with theatrical and funny stories about the people who had lived, been imprisoned, been executed, or di...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2007

Tower of London
Tower Hill
London, England EC3N 4AB
+44 (207) 709 0765

Big Bus Tours-London Sightseeing Tour

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Attraction | "The London Big Bus Company"

Big Bus Tours-London Sightseeing Tour Photo, London, England
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Since we didn't have a lot of time to explore London, we decided to spend money on the open-top hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Valid for 24 hours, the 20 GBP ticket not only provided a guided tour of the city, it also included in its package up to 4 city walks, and a boat ride along the Thames.We first decided to get off the bus at Westminster Abbey (described in a different review). After the Abbey, we hopped back on the bus, and hopped off again when at the meeting point for the Beatles Walk. The walk was really more of Rock and Roll Walk, because our very-knowledgeable tour guide did not only bring us to spots where important milestones in the history of the Beatles took place; he also bro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2007

Big Bus Tours-London Sightseeing Tour
48 Buckingham Palace Road
London, England
+44 (20) 7233 9533

Westminster Abbey

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Attraction

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Westminster Abbey is, of course, a place of worship, but most tourists go there to look at the graves of the hundreds of famous people who are buried within its walls. The first part of the abbey was mostly of royalty we didn't know, but there were a few interesting highlights, such as Oliver Cromwell's grave (me: "I'm surprised they allowed him to be buried at Westminster!"), and Mary of Tudor and Elizabeth I interred on opposite sides of a chapel (with a moving plaque on the floor commemorating all those who had died, on both sides, for their conscience and their faith during those violent times)....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 17, 2007

Westminster Abbey
20 Dean's Yard
London, England SW1P 3PA
+44 (20) 7222 5152

Dominion Theatre

Attraction | "We Will Rock You"

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After our Beatles Walk, we headed to Dominion Theatre, to watch "We Will Rock You," the musical with songs written by Queen. We had been able to get discounted tickets that morning from one of the many discounted-ticket sellers. The musical was a blast. I had watched the musical before, in Las Vegas, but watching the original version made her see how much the US production had altered the original script to bring it to Las Vegas! (One of the key scenes of the musical is supposed to happen in Wembley Stadium; in the Las Vegas version, the scene was situated in in Graceland instead!).We paid 30 GBP per ticket (inclusive of the booking fee). Tickets sold on the same day of the show a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 17, 2007

Dominion Theatre
Tottenham Court Road
London, England W1 OAG
+44 870 607 7400